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Fred Claus (2007)

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Fred Claus, Santa's bitter older brother, is forced to move to the North Pole to help Santa and the elves prepare for Christmas in exchange for cash.


David Dobkin


Dan Fogelman (screenplay), Jessie Nelson (story) | 1 more credit »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Vince Vaughn ... Fred Claus
Paul Giamatti ... Nick 'Santa' Claus
John Michael Higgins ... Willie
Miranda Richardson ... Annette Claus
Rachel Weisz ... Wanda
Kathy Bates ... Mother Claus
Trevor Peacock ... Papa Claus
Ludacris ... DJ Donnie (as Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges)
Elizabeth Banks ... Charlene
Jeremy Swift ... Bob Elf
Elizabeth Berrington ... Linda Elf
Kevin Spacey ... Clyde
Rio Hackford ... Leon
Bobb'e J. Thompson ... Samuel 'Slam' Gibbons
Allan Corduner ... Dr. Goldfarb


During childhood, Fred Claus suffered his younger brother Nick's saintliness. Jump ahead: Fred is a fast-talking, genial but self-centered guy in Chicago looking for $50,000 to open an off-track-betting shop. When one scam goes awry, he calls Nick at the North Pole for a loan: Nick will give him the money only if Fred comes up to help a few days with the Christmas rush. After his girlfriend dumps him, Fred heads north. Santa's facing an audit from an efficiency expert, and it's not pleasant. Fred's job is to review charts and determine who's naughty and who's nice. Is there any fraternal feeling left, can either learn from the other, and what about Santa getting fired? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Christmas comes every year, but this holiday season Santa's brother is coming along for the ride. See more »


Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language and some rude humor | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


Trevor Peacock, who was diagnosed with dementia in 2009, has no lines after the first scene where Nicholas is born. Peacock's longest line is, "Fred, would you like to...come meet your brother?" See more »


When Fred tells Nick that he will fly the sleigh, Nick has a pink slip in his hand. When we cut back to Nick after Fred leaves, the pink slip is gone. See more »


Nick 'Santa' Claus: Fred. What in the heck are you doing?
Fred Claus: Nick, let me be completely honest with you here, the DJ is a real problem.
Nick 'Santa' Claus: Fred, he's an elf that plays records.
Fred Claus: Nick, he continued to play the same song over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over...
Nick 'Santa' Claus: [Holds hands up] Got ya. Got ya.
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Crazy Credits

The opening logos are covered in snow and Christmas tree lights. See more »


What a Wonderful World
Written by Bob Thiele (as Robert Thiele) and George David Weiss
Performed by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole (as Israel "Iz" Kamakawiwo'ole)
Courtesy of Mountain Apple Hawai'i / Big Boy Records
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User Reviews

Thought it was great and even a little insightful.
9 November 2007 | by marfy_98See all my reviews

I thought this movie was very funny. My sons were begging to go see it so on a whim we decided to take them tonight. Just got back home and the kids were so excited that they laughed about it all the way home. I also think the movie shows a lot about sibling rivalry and how over the years it can blow up and get worse without anyone really realizing that it is happening. There were a lot of funny moments and I noticed everyone in our packed theater was laughing in what seemed to me all the right areas. I think this movie also shows how childhood disappointments can have effects long into your future. Either way, it was a very entertaining way to spend 2 hours and I would see it again.

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Release Date:

9 November 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Vince Vaughn/David Dobkin Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »


Box Office


$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,515,473, 11 November 2007

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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